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Oyo State Government to pay N61 million debt to Nigeria Railway Corporation

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A Lagos high court sitting at Tafawa Balewa square TBS, Lagos State, has ordered that N61million belonging to Oyo state Government domicile with Polaris bank, be paid to Railway Property Management Company Limited and Nigeria Railway Corporation

The order of the court was sequel to an application filed and argued before the court by Barr. Dr.Francis Chuka Agbu (SAN) on behalf of Railway Property Management Company Limited and Nigeria Railway Corporation.
    In an affidavit in support of the application sworn to by a legal practitioner Caesar Anyeabosi, the deponent averred that Railway Property Management Company Limited and Nigerian Railway Corporation instituted legal action against, The Governor of Oyo State, The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Oyo state and commissioner for lands and housing Oyo state all defendants, before the High court of Oyo state, upon which, a consent judgment was entered in favor of the applicants.
The High court of Oyo state, amongst other things, ordered the defendants to pay the sum of N60million to the applicants, but the defendants failed to comply with the said order of the court, thereby necessitating garnishee proceeding. The judgment was transmitted by the registrar of the High court of Oyo State to the registrar of the Lagos high court, consequently, the judgment was registered by the Lagos high court, thereafter the court granted the applicants to enforce the judgment in Lagos State. However, the defendants refused to pay the judgement sum of N60 millions  being the compensatory amount evaluated by both parties to be paid to the applicants.
Mr Anyeabosi averred further that the defendants maintain a bank account with the 23 commercial banks listed before the court, Dr.Agbu then urged the court to issue an order giving effect to the consent judgement, as the defendants have not appealed the judgement sought to be enforced by the garnishee proceeding, neither has any application for stay of execution been filed, therefore the interest of justice will be served if the application is granted.
In his ruling, the presiding Judge E.I.Alakija (Mrs) ordered that the sum of N60 million held in any current, savings, revenue or investment accounts in whatever form or name with the listed bank’s and belonging to or being operated by the Oyo state, be attached however named or styled in satisfaction of the judgement debt owed to the applicants.
The court also directed the defendants to pay the sum of N1million as the cost of the garnishee proceeding. Meanwhile, based on another application filed and argued before the court by Dr Chuka Agbu to make the order absolute, opposed by Oyo state Director of Civil Litigation and Advisory Services Barrister S O Adeoye, Justice Alakija, pursuant to the affidavit to show cause by Polaris Bank deposed to by one Abraham Bailey said the garnishee order Nisi made in this suit is hereby made absolute attaching the following sum: N60million being judgement debt N1million being cost awarded in favour of the judgement Creditor, Total sum of N61 Million.

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BREAKING: FBI INDICTMENT: IGP SUSPENDS DCP ABBA KYARI, INAUGURATES 4-MAN PANEL FOR INVESTIGATION

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Sequel to the level of the numerous allegation of corruption leveled against super cop DCP Abba Kyari by the FBI over his involvement in taking funds from Celebrity fraudster Abass Olorunwa known as Hushpuppi, The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), NPM, fdc has recommended the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari, the Head of the Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT), from the Service of the Nigeria Police Force, pending the outcome of an ongoing internal investigation touching on him.

 

The IGP, in his letter to the Police Service Commission, dated 31st July, 2021, noted that the recommendation for the suspension of the officer is in line with the internal disciplinary processes of the Force. The IGP further noted that the suspension is also expected to create an enabling environment for the NPF Special Investigation Panel to carry out its investigations into the weighty allegations against DCP Abba Kyari without interference. The suspension is without prejudice to the constitutional presumption of innocence in favour of the officer.

The Special Investigation Panel (SIP), comprising four (4) Senior Police Officers, is headed by DIG Joseph Egbunike, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID). The SIP, inter alia, is to undertake a detailed review of all the allegations against DCP Abba Kyari by the US Government as contained in relevant documents that have been availed the NPF by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The SIP is also to obtain a detailed representation of DCP Abba Kyari to all the allegations leveled against him, conduct further investigations as it deems fit, and submit recommendations to guide further actions by the Force Leadership on the matter.

Meanwhile, the IGP has reaffirmed the commitment of the Force to the Rule of Law and assured the public of the sanctity of the probe as well as the absolute respect for the rights and privileges of the officer throughout the period of the investigations.

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NAS tackles NBC over censorship of Media

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The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) has kicked against what it called “blatant assault on press freedom” by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). The organisation declared that the directive by the regulatory body to Television and Radio stations not to “divulge” details of bandits, kidnappers and terrorists during Newspaper Reviews is unconstitutional as it violates freedom of expression of citizens and seeks to prevent the press from performing its duties enshrined in Section 22 of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) to hold government accountable on behalf of the people.

The NAS Capoon, Mr Abiola Owoaje in a statement titled: “NBC’s Bullying of the Media Unacceptable” stated that the regulatory body by its latest action wants to suppress press freedom and restrict access of information to Nigerians.

According to Owoaje, NBC by the directive intends to criminalise journalism and prevents victims of terrorism, banditry and other associated crimes from getting justice.

“The National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) notes with considerable concern the sudden brazenness, repressive instincts and open partisanship being exhibited by the NBC in the interpretation of its regulatory remit in recent times. We unequivocally condemn these unethical attempts by the NBC to browbeat radio and television stations, and other organs of the Press, in a desperate bid to cow the Press.
Besides, we cannot find any justification for the bizarre NBC
directive; even on the hackneyed excuse of a security necessity, other than to
keep Nigerians in the dark about the uncomfortable reality of the insurgency
and the seeming inability of the security agencies to halt the spate of
insecurity across the country,” he said.

Owoaje stated further that contrary to what the security agencies would want Nigerians to believe, ferocious attacks on insurgents, kidnappers, killer herdsmen and bandits continue unabated in the country.
“We implore the executive arm of government to rein in the NBC to desist from its overt clampdown on press freedom.

The NBC should withdraw its illegal directive as it is unhelpful and counterproductive to the fight against insecurity in the country. Rather than see the media as the enemy, the media should be seen as a patriotic partner that can rally Nigerians to support the efforts of the government in tackling the myriad of security challenges afflicting our country. A free and unfettered press makes democracy thrive and is not merely a liberal indulgence. This is what Nigerians need. This is what we demand. We reject the shackles the NBC wants to foist on the media,” the statement added.

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ATTWON elects Ayo Omotosho at 5th AGM

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At the 5th AGM Meeting of ATTWON held at the Association’s Secretariat in Lagos on 23rd July 2021, Mr. Ayo Omotosho of Travelogue Communications was elected the second President of the Association with Mr. Lekan Akinruli as the Gen Secretary.

 

 

The Pioneer President, Ms. Omolola Itayemi of Your Travels Start Here(YTSH) replaces Mr. Tayo Adelaja of Infotrust Multimedia as the BOT Chairman. In his acceptance speech as the President, Mr. Omotosho was full of praises for the pioneer president who has successfully pioneered the first and only registered travel association in Nigeria for 5years.

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He stated that the 4th AGM was meant to be the election year but for the pandemic that held sway all over the world, the 4th AGM couldn’t hold. However, ATTWON, a developmental travel association has not relented in training, opening up the travel and domestic landscape within and outside the shore of Nigeria. Mr. Omotosho promised to build on the solid foundation laid by President Emeritus, Ms. Itayemi while also bringing in innovations and laudable growth befitting the status of the association.

Prof Bambo Somuyiwa of LAUTECH, Ogbomoso that attended the AGM commend the association for their tutelage of their students who have gained immensely from both online and physical training about travels within and outside Nigeria. He stated that “ATTWON won my heart when they approached me in 2018 about taking the transport department students on their roles and importance to domestic tourism.

 

 

I attended the first training in late 2018. The three-tiers training in 2019 was superb! Despite the pandemic, they held series of online talks and training with the sophomore and graduating student on how to be self-reliant in 2020. I had to ensure that I was also present to deliver a paper, gift and commendation on behalf of my students and the department.

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